How's it going? I haven't written a newsletter for a while as I've
been knee deep recording in my studio. I've actually had a very
inspired year musically so far, having written about eight tracks
that I really like. I can give hints as to the direction on this
I've been listening to a lot of Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck and a
good smattering of my favourite chill/lounge artists like Groove
Armada, St. Germain and Dzhizan & Kamien, and somehow all this
music has got under my skin and inspired me to create my own.
So needless to say this new album will be way way funky and a return
trip down the acid-jazz road, one of my first loves back in the
early nineties. But I intend to bring it all up to date. But make
no mistake, put on your dancing shoes! This is some deep funk. And
that is probably all I will say at this point because things can
change at any point the deeper I get. But I'm pretty set on this
direction. It's a good creative departure for me I think.
I'm starting to get some live dates for this year and I have some
already booked. Here's how it looks so far. More to come...
7th 6:30pm Seal Beach, CA Spaghettini
May 4th 12-6 Temecula, CA Temecula Wine & Music Festival
June 9th 1:30pm Birmingham, AL Magic City/Jazz In The Park
August 29th 8:00pm Southend, UK Cliff's Pavillion
August 30th 8:00pm Soho, London, UK Pizza Express Jazz Club
August 31st 8:00pm Soho, London, UK Pizza Express Jazz Club
I'm also working on my next instructional guitar program, Jazz
Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2. This will focus 100% on improvising
chord melody, for those jazz guitar enthusiasts who might be interested.
This will be released in September.
And with that short and sweet little update, I hope all is well and
you are havinga great 2013 so far.
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